Decision making process

The Centre and its potential use was discussed for four years prior to construction. Being a Communities First area, with strong regeneration aims, consultation involved the Regeneration Partnership, local head teachers, Coleg Morgannwg, Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust, Sure Start, Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership and representatives of the Early Years organisations.

The design team met 6 months before works began which was critical for any issues to be solved. This included the architect, structural engineer, quantity surveyor, mechanical engineer, headteacher, members of the local community and children. The project manager stressed the importance of renewable and threatened to recruit a new architect if renewable were not kept in when budget constraints arose.

The Centre has been visited by many people and organisations interested in the implementation of renewable technologies.

Project team

  • Owner/developer/Client: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council;
  • Project Engineer: Gerald Israel, RCTCBC;
  • Architect: Stride Treglown Davies;
  • Building contractor: ¬†Gee Construction;
  • Electrical Services Desigh: White Young Green;
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lorne Stewart;
  • Structural engineer: Bradley Associates;
  • Acoustic survey: Hunter Acoustics;
  • Systems supplier: Earth Energy, Cornwall.


  • Eco schools award;
  • First prize in the Public Sector category at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2007;
  • Wales Business and Sustainability Awards 2007;
  • Carbon Trust Innovation Awards;
  • Building Services Awards 2007.

Funding and sponsorship

Funding and sponsorship have been provided by

  • Big Lottery Fund;
  • Welsh Assembly Government;
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council;
  • Job Centre Plus;
  • Childcare Strategy;
  • Cymorth;
  • Sure start.


WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government